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The life of a litt major? It goes something like this:

February 21, 2007


My Papa’s Waltz, Theordore Roethke
Marks, Linda Pastan
To Paint a Water Lily, Ted Hughes
This is Just to Say, William Carlos Williams
[The golf links lie so near the mill], Sarah Cleghorn
The Red Wheelbarrow, William Carlos Williams
Nuns Fret Not, William Wordsworth
[My lady’s presence makes the roses red], Henry Constable
A Sonnet Is a Moment’s Monument, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
On the Sonnet, John Keats
First Fight. Then Fiddle., Gwendolyn Brooks
The New Colossus, Emma Lazarus
Range-Finding, Robert Frost
London, 1802, William Wordsworth
[When I consider how my light is spent], John Milton
[When our two souls stand up], Elizabeth Barrett Browning
In an Artist’s Studio, Christina Rossetti
[What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why], Edna St. Vincent Millay
In the Park, Gwen Harwood
[My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun], William Shakespeare
Sonnet, Billy Collins
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
Poetry, Marianne Moore
Sestina, Elizabeth Bishop
Ars Poetica, Archibald MacLeish
Cherrylog Road, James Dickey
The Flea, John Donne
On the Late Massacre in Piedmont, John Milton
Dover Beach, Matthew Arnold
The Night-Wind, Emily Bronte
To His Coy Mistress, Andrew Marvell
[Full many a glorious morning have I seen], William Shakespeare
In Westminster Abbey, John Betjeman
A Map of the City, Thom Gunn
How to ride out a Storm, Mildmay Fane


A Far Cry From Africa, Derek Walcott
Barbie Doll, Marge Piercy
Leaving the Motel, W.D. Snodgrass
In Time of Plague, Thom Gunn
Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane, Etheridge Knight
London, William Blake
Woodchucks, Maxine Kumin
Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers, Adrienne Rich
How Do I Love Thee?, Elizabeth Barett Browning
The Tally Stick, Jarold Ramsey
The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter, Ezra Pound
On My First Son, Ben Jonson
The Vacuum, Howard Nemerov
Mid-Term Break, Seamus Heaney
The Fury of Overshoes, Anne Sexton
Postcard from Kashmir, Agha Shahid Ali
Briseis to Achilles, Ovid
Traveling Through the Dark, William Stafford
Meditation, William Stafford
The Ruined Maid, Thomas Hardy
Death of a Young Son by Drowning, Margaret Atwood
Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister, Robert Browning
Sudden Journey, Tess Gallagher
[I, being born a woman and distressed], Edna St. Vincent Millay
We Real Cool, Gwendolyn Brooks
[That time of year thou mayest in me behold], William Shakespeare
A Red, Red Rose, Robert Burns
[Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?], William Shakespeare
The Twenty-third Psalm, Anonymous (attributed to King David)
[Batter my heart, three-personed God], John Donne
The Computation, John Donne
The Canonization, John Donne
At The Hospital, David Ferry
Death of the Ball Turret Gunner, Randall Jarrell
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, Francis William Bourdillon
[Wild Night–Wild Nights!], Emily Dickinson
Leningrad Cemetary, Winter of 1941, Sharon Olds
Song, Edmund Waller
I Am Like a Rose, D.H. Lawrence
One Perfect Rose, Dorothy Parker
The Sick Rose, William Blake
Fireflies in the Garden, Robert Frost
Diving into the Wreck, Adrienne Rich
After a Death, Roo Borson
The Word Plum, Helen Chasin
Dirge, Kenneth Fearing
Sound and Sense, Alexander Pope
Emily Dickinson, Wendy Cope
Mr. Flood’s Party, Edwin Arlington Robinson
The Goose Fish, Howard Nemerov
Church Going, Philip Larkin
Sonrisas, Pat Mora
The Victims, Sharon Olds
Sir Patrick Spens, Anonymous
The Dance, William Carlos Williams
[The Wind begun to knead the Grass–], Emily Dickinson
[Th’expense of spirit in a waste of shame], William Shakespeare
Ode to the West Wind, Percy Bysshe Shelley
In Memory of W.B. Yeats, W.H. Auden

And, so far, sixteen books of the Iliad.

None of this includes any textbook reading (and there has been quite a bit) that I have to do.

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